NFL: Pittsburgh Overcomes Mason Rudolph’s Absence in Road Win

The Pittsburgh Steelers jumped out to a 21-0 first-half lead over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, October 14, and never looked back. The Steelers held on for a 24-17 victory over the Chargers at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

With Ben Roethlisberger out for the season with an elbow injury and backup Mason Rudolph out with a concussion, the Steelers were down to third-stringer Devlin Hodges on Sunday night. Hodges played fine in the role of game manager, completing 15 of his 20 passes for 132 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a passer rating of 87.9. James Conner led the way on offense with 41 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to go along with 78 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown, fueling a rushing usage index of 62.0 and a receiving index of 67.5.

Pittsburgh’s defense was slightly more effective than Los Angeles’s on Saturday, recording a DVS (Defensive Value Score) of 1.5 to the Chargers’ DVS of 0.67. The Steelers ended the night with one sack, five tackles for loss, and six quarterback hits.

Philip Rivers had 320 passing yards, two touchdown passes, and two interceptions in the loss. The Chargers only managed to rush for 32 total yards on 14 attempts.